Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic - the fundamentals of American Education - gets a new boost with video. Whether they are teaching how to make video stories, or teaching using video as a tool, educators are embracing this visual technology - and kids are responding.
From the traditional entertainment and informational uses of video to viral internet videos and security, video has become a staple in our lives. Cameras are compact, inexpensive and integrated into our cell phones and computers, making the moving image accessible to almost anyone at anytime.
Educators trying to teach lessons in English, American History, Health and Science have become increasingly aware of their students' appetites for video. As a result, many educators are modifying their lessons to include video production. What they are finding is that moving images move minds. These video educators dream up projects of any imaginable size and make them come to life in the classroom. So, let's take a closer look at what it takes to be a video educator.
Projects ranging from public service announcements to documentaries can engage otherwise tuned-out learners. The project you create can empower students with a sense of visible and even public accomplishments. In order to be successful, the project needs to have a clear and consistent vision. Knowing what you want to do and why you are doing it will fuel the process for both you and your students.
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